Mega Adoption Event finds homes for more than 700 animals this weekend

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Pet lovers stood in a line that stretched around the South Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on Saturday. They all wanted to get inside the building to look at the many animals up for adoption.

Organizers say 711 animals were adopted over the weekend.

In front of the long line stood John Clemons.

“We got here right around 7:30,” he said.

The doors didn’t open until noon, but Clemons said he wanted to one of the first ones to see the animals that were up for adoption.

“We recently had a dog in our family that we had for 15 years and we had to put it down a couple of months ago,” Clemons said. “Whatever catches our eye, and gives us that look and we give him that look, and we connect, then we know that’s the one.”

As Clemons searched the dog area for the perfect pet, Judy Wilson-Bailey was busy looking for a cat that caught her eye.

“I have a dog and I’ve been wanting a cat,” she said.

Wilson-Bailey said she was looking for her first feline friend.

“I’ve seen one down here that I really like. It’s really friendly and it wants to be petted,” she said.

Saturday was the fourth Mega Adoption Event. Organizers said they host the event twice each year. So far, more than 2,000 animals have been adopted, which includes nearly 900 animals that were adopted at the event in June 2015. This time, animals from 28 agencies were on display. All of them are spayed and neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Each animal costs $30 to adopt at the event.

“It’s just a way that the public can come to an event where they don’t have to go to a shelter, which could make them sad,” Organizer Megan Bennett said. “So they come to an event like this. It’s pretty upbeat and pretty happy.”

Sunday is the last day for the Mega Adoption Event The event will be held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds (1202 E. 38th Street) from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free, however, parking costs $5.

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